Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Shaw is getting cleaner - Residential Street Sweeping starts tomorrow!

Well, actually the whole city is about to get a little cleaner, not just Shaw... Just a friendly reminder - residential street sweeping season starts back up tomorrow morning. Double check the signs on your street to be sure the time of day for street sweeper violations hasn't changed over the winter - some routes have been adjusted, according to DPW. 

Monday, February 27, 2012

Dupont Circle traffic signals to go down; sadly DDOT plans to turn them back on...

It's not in Shaw, but I know a lot of Shaw denizens go to or through nearby Dupont Circle, so I thought I should post it anyway. As someone who actually enjoys driving in Europe where traffic circles are a "get in when you're clear and get out when you're done" setup, I admit I first read this notice with a little bit of glee, thinking DDOT had finally figured out that having lights on a traffic circle was just... well.. stupid, and that they might finally have had the sense to just take them out altogether. Sadly, it's only temporary. 

From DDOT: 
"On Tuesday, February 28, at approximately 10 am, the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) will temporarily power down the traffic control signals located at Dupont Circle in Northwest Washington. The signals will be turned off for several hours to allow technicians to upgrade the traffic control signalization system. The signals will be turned on prior to the pm rush hour.

Own a piece of Shaw: 440 Rhode Island Avenue, NW #403

440 Rhode Island Avenue NW #401 has been on the market for 138 days. This unit is in a building on the VERY busy Rhode Island Avenue, merely 2 blocks from the last unit we reviewed at 605 Rhode Island. It is in a newer building built a few years ago and is on the top floor of a 4-story building. This unit has new appliances, granite counters, and gorgeous hardwood floors. 

Friday, February 24, 2012

MOOD Lounge transcripts from first noise violation and Summary Suspension hearings now available

The long-awaited transcripts of both the December 7th 2011 Noise Violation Show Cause Status Hearing and subsequent Show Cause hearing (which resulted in a guilty verdict against the MOOD Lounge) and the January 13th Summary Suspension hearing by ABRA against the MOOD Lounge were finally released today. All three documents after the jump. 

Stolen puppy in Shaw

An awful situation from the Shaw Dogs listserv: 
Yesterday morning about 8am, a gentleman came to the 11th St  dog park and reported that his neighbors witnessed 3 teenagers breaking into his home, to steal his 10-month old puppy (a female pit bull, fawn-colored, with a silver choke chain collar).  He heard later reports that those same kids were hanging out at the 11th St skate park, with the dog, and he asked those of us there if we'd seen her.
We encouraged him to put a flyer up in the park with her picture (I'm out of town now, so I don't know if he did).  I promised him I'd also send a note to the listserv...  I'm not sure what anyone can do, but I know how miserable I'd be if my puppy got stolen.  The police have been contacted.  If anyone sees a dog with kids matching that description, that's where I would start. 

Is Shaw losing a great new business?

UPDATE: Shaw, sadly, is losing Shakti Mind Body Studio in mid-March. The space is available for $3600 per month and is 1,000 sqft, including bamboo floors and a half bath. Contact the building owner Pete at 240-476-5599 for more information. Conveniently, he's also a builder, so if you need help with the fit-out, he could probably help you!

Thanks to the reader who spotted this and sent it in this morning - apparently there's a new "For Rent" sign on the front of Shakti Mind Body Studio at 1302 9th Street NW. Their website still shows this as their "new home", but apparently the sign out front says the space is available as of September. 

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Shaw is getting better - Blind Dog Cafe

From the ShawNeighborhood listserv: 

photo courtesy of tbridge
"My wife and I noticed this place yesterday and stopped in for coffee and some delicious baked goods for breakfast. It's on the corner of Sherman and Florida. It looks like a great (and locally owned) addition to the neighborhood and has a super-friendly staff and welcoming space. From Noah (the owner):

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Shaw Deserves Better than this awful architecture: 926 N Street to be redeveloped

A few weeks ago, we profiled the abandoned building at 926 N Street NW at the northern entrance to Historic Blagden Alley. As a response to that posting, we got an awesome rendering from a reader of what could be done with the awful existing building if a total redevelopment wasn't in the cards just yet.

However, now it appears that United House of Prayer, the owners of the site, have decided to redevelop into condominiums or apartments. Convention Center Community Association President Martin Moulton  released some early design options for the site on his blog a few weeks ago. According to Moulton, the early design is a roughly 5,000 sqft building of three floors, with two retail bays facing N Street at 2,418 and 804 sqft, respectively, and one three bedroom unit, six two bedroom units, five one bedroom units, and two studio apartments, for a total of 14 apartments. The architecture, however, is dreadful to say the least.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Awesome in DC: MPD arrests Heritage India murder suspect

Local ABC news outlet WJLA is reporting that the police have arrested 29 year old Brandon Terry of Riverdale in connection with the fatal triple stabbing / triple shooting at Dupont nightclub Heritage India over the Thanksgiving 2011 weekend.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day, Shaw!

Happy Valentine's Day to everyone here in Shaw! And the rest of the city, too... Or, as one of the editor's good friends calls it, National Singles Awareness Day... 

Monday, February 13, 2012

Where can you get a new DC flag?

Martin Moulton of the Convention Center Community Association passed along this photo of the DC flag in tatters at the Kipp School in Shaw this morning to the neighborhood listserv. 

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Shaw is getting better - Contemporary Wing takes over an abandoned building at 1250 9th Street NW

A new art show called NEXT Generation has taken over an abandoned building at 1250 9th Street NW just a few doors up from Wagtime and Longview Gallery across from the Convention Center. 

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Friends of Bundy Park

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Awesome in Shaw: Six Galleries open on Feb 8th

Awesome in Shaw is a series on nifty stuff that is going on in and around our neighborhood, and awesome resources, events, and places here. We're looking for guest authors for this new series! If you'd like to contribute to the blog, email

photo by
Mark your calendar: On the evening of February 8, 2012 (tomorrow night!), six notable Shaw galleries are staying open late and the Walter E. Washington Convention is opening its doors for a rare evening tour of its extensive art collection.

The Convention Center tour will start from the Mount Vernon Square entrance to the Convention Center and will last approximately one hour. The tour will start promptly at 6:30 p.m., and participants are encouraged to arrive at the Convention Center at 6:15 p.m.

Participating galleries include

Should the DC Dept. of Health consider nearby drug arrests in placement of Medical Marijuana Dispensaries?

From the Convention Center Community Association President Martin Moulton: 

"The alleged offender, with possession w/ intent to distribute IN A DRUG FREE ZONE? The arrest easily took place w/in 500 feet of The Kennedy Rec Center, The Center City Public Charter School, the children's tot lot behind 1330 apts and the new park w/ tot lot on the 600 b/o N St NW and should warrant (at least) doubling the penalties.

Monday, February 6, 2012

New Shaw Dog Park coming soon!

From the Friends of Bundy Park Blog (photos also courtesy of FOBP Blog):

"An old sign will soon be replaced to indicate that dogs will at least be permitted to enjoy this section of the field at Bundy Park.

MOOD Lounge Found GUILTY for the first of five pending noise violations

In perhaps a divine act of irony, the same day that the MOOD Lounge published a statement in the Ethiopian Times stating "Despite these accusations and the relentless harassment by this group of neighbors that accompany them [empasis by editor], to date, the Mood Lounge has not been found

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Own a piece of Shaw: 605 Rhode Island Avenue, NW #3

Photos Courtesy of MRIS and Michael Moore,
TTR Sotheby’s International Realty
605 Rhode Island Avenue #3 has been on the market for 114 days. This unit is in a townhouse on the VERY busy Rhode Island Avenue. It has 3 units in the building and occupies the top floor. You avoid the noise of neighbors above you and have no one on either side. This unit has been beautifully updated and has all new appliances, a gas fireplace, new granite counters, and gorgeous hardwood floors. It has separate dining area and a HUGE parking pad. It was converted in 2003 and still shows like new. Coming in at almost 900 sq ft it is listed for $445 a sq ft. The average in Shaw is currently around $504 a sq ft and the condo fees are very reasonable at $199/month. This unit is on Rhode Island between 6th and 7th Streets. It is close to all that Shaw and U Street have to offer and it is VERY close to the Shaw Metro - .19 miles and a 15 minute walk to Logan/Dupont.

The details in this place are terrific and do a lot to 
make up for the busy street!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Beautiful in Shaw - Independence Bank Shaw Clock

This series of posts will focus on something beautiful in Shaw - a particularly striking house, a beautiful garden, architectural elements, people, pets - whatever and wherever I (or any of you) find something that makes you smile. Feel free to send ideas (and photos!) to me at

Shaw is one of the only neighborhoods in Washington DC to have an old-fashioned street clock. There's one downtown, and one on Barracks Row over on the Hill. Ours, likely a gift from Independence Bank (since it's in front of the bank and their name is inscribed across the top...), shines brightly just north of the intersection of 9th and N Streets, NW. I always smile when I see it during the day, but it catches my eye so much more when it glows at night. What do you guys think about the clock? 

MPD is awesome in Shaw: Mugger caught!

On Wednesday, February 01, 2012, at around 8:55 PM, the victim was walking in the alley between New Jersey Ave and 4th St, near Richardson Pl NW, when she was approached by two suspects. One of the suspects struck the victim in the face with his fist. They took her purse and fled on foot. One of the suspects was apprehended on the scene by an alert citizen while the other one continued to flee on foot. The victim’s purse was recovered. The unknown suspect is described as a black male with shoulder length dread locks, approximately 5’9” in height wearing all dark clothing last seen fleeing towards Florida Ave NW. The defendant was transported to the Fifth District for processing and further investigation by detectives. He is an adult male and his identity will be made available once it has been confirmed.

The victim sustained non life threatening injuries and was transported to a local area hospital for treatment.

Wil Manlapaz
Metropolitan Police Department
Fifth District
1805 Bladensburg Rd NE
WashingtonDC 20002
(O) 202-698-0118
(C) 202-327-4371

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

What happened to the trash can at 5th and Q?

From the Shaw Listserv:

I noticed yesterday that the trash can at 5th and Q was removed, and a new stop sign was placed there instead.

While I've noticed lately that there has been a lot of household garbage in garbage bags overflowing around the area, removing this will just contribute to more waste on our streets. Hopefully it's not gone for good, or can be replaced somewhere nearby.


Tuesday, January 31, 2012

New Stolen Bike Blog

From Vicky with the Capitol Hill listserv:


I have created a list-serv for people to list there experience/picture about a recent bike theft they might have had in the area. I realize the chances of us recovering a stolen bike are slim to none however this is a continuously growing issue in dc.

As someone who has two bikes stolen in the past year - this is something that is becoming unacceptable. Please visit my site and feel free to contact me at Please feel free to share this site with your friends as well.


Monday, January 30, 2012

Rape / Robbery on the 400 Block of Q Street on Tuesday, January 24th

From the Bates Area Civic Association:

On Tuesday, January 24, 2012, at approximately 11:30 pm, the victim responded to the Third District Police station to report a sexual assault and robbery which occurred in the 400 block of Q Street, NW.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Beautiful in Shaw - Naylor Court Murals II

This series focuses on something beautiful in Shaw - a particularly striking house, a beautiful garden, architectural elements, people, pets - whatever and wherever I (or any of you) find something that makes you smile. Feel free to send ideas (and photos!) to me at

Another awesome mural in Shaw's Naylor Court. This building currently houses a photography studio on the first level and a private residence on the upper level, but at one point was Veterinarian JP Turner's Hospital for Horses and Dogs (sorry, cat-lovers...). Anybody out there have more information on the history of this building? 

Friday, January 27, 2012

Shaw's DC Convention Center hosts the Washington Auto Show this week

Land Rover DC100 Concept

Stop by the Washington Convention Center and check out some fun production vehicles and a couple concept cars this week from January 27th to February 5th. More information on the show here

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Beautiful in Shaw - Naylor Court Murals

This series focuses on something beautiful in Shaw - a particularly striking house, a beautiful garden, architectural elements, people, pets - whatever and wherever I (or any of you) find something that makes you smile. Feel free to send ideas (and photos!) to me at

This awesome mural from Naylor Court NW gives a little hint at Naylor Court's history. Anybody got any additional information on this beautiful building? Or on E.J. Adams & Co.? 

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Shaw Deserves Better (and is about to get it!) from These Abandoned Buildings - Naylor Court, NW

A few weeks ago, we profiled these abandoned garages in Naylor Court NW. As promised, here's a follow-up on what's going on at this site. This:

is about to become this: 

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Awesome in Shaw: The Passenger

Awesome in Shaw is a series on nifty stuff that is going on in and around our neighborhood, and awesome resources, events, and places here. We're looking for guest authors for this new series! If you'd like to contribute to the blog, email

The Passenger, found at the very southern end of Shaw just off Mount Vernon Triangle and across from the Convention Center at 1021 7th Street, NW, is one of the best bars in the country. No, seriously. Food and Wine magazine put it in their 50 Best Bars in America list

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Own a piece of Shaw: 1742 6th Street, NW #3

This series will focus on properties for sale in the Shaw / MVT / Logan areas. Want to see your house on here? Email with a link to the listing and let us know.

This week's Own A Piece of Shaw is written by guest author 
Michael Fowler. Michael is an agent with Group 
Hounshell at TTR Sotheby’s International Realty.

Photos Courtesy of MRIS and
Robyn Porter, Long & Foster Realtors
1742 6th St, NW Unit 3 has been on the market for 65 days. This unit occupies the entire 3rd floor of this garden style condo conversion. You avoid the noise of stomping feet above you and have no neighbors on either side! This unit has been completely re-done and boasts new appliances and

Community meeting regarding proposed Medical Marijuana dispensary in Shaw

So, I've got to say, with all the progress that the 1500 block of 7th Street NW has nearby (City Market at O, The Jefferson, P Street Residences, the new rec center... just to get started!), I'm not thrilled with the idea of a dispensary being located there. Given the extreme clusterf*ck DC has created in ABRA and their complete inability to address problematic establishments, I don't trust the city to manage this effort properly, at all. Without some prior establishments that neighborhood residents and leaders can visit to judge how these places actually operate in reality and not just on some paper application, I'm very wary of this moving forward. Shaw deserves better than to be a test tube for the city's newest experiment... 

From ANC 2C02 Commissioner Kevin Chapple:

During the February 1, 2012 ANC 2C meeting, ANC 2C will be ask to support the application of one of two entities vying to open a legal Medical Marijuana Dispensary which would be located in the 1500 block of 7th Street NW.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

MOOD Lounge retains liquor license with a slap on the wrist required to reopen (no actual enforceable penalties)

MOOD Lounge will, it turns out, be allowed to continue its swath of destruction through the otherwise peaceful 1300 block of 9th Street, NW. The ABRA Board, stating a number of relatively pointless provisions and restrictions, granted the problematic MOOD Lounge their liquor license back on Friday night after nearly 12 hours of hearings. The restrictions are pointless because while they do restrict the club from using "any outside promoters in any aspect of [its] business", the remaining restrictions deal with the security plan and procedures, which, if MOOD Lounge was able to abide by, would have resolved most of the issues in the case to begin with. Worst of all,

Beautiful in Shaw - 1300 Block of 10th Street, NW

This series of posts focuses on something beautiful in Shaw - a particularly striking house, a beautiful garden, architectural elements, people, pets - whatever and wherever I (or any of you) find something that makes you smile. Feel free to send ideas (and photos!) to me at

I'm not usually a big fan of eggplant, but on this particular house, it totally rocks. 

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Beautiful in Shaw - 1200 Block of 10th Street, NW wreaths

This series of posts focuses on something beautiful in Shaw - a particularly striking house, a beautiful garden, architectural elements, people, pets - whatever and wherever I (or any of you) find something that makes you smile. Feel free to send ideas (and photos!) to me at

I love these beautiful doors, and the festive berry wreaths just make them really pop. 

Thursday, January 12, 2012

MOOD Lounge tries to salvage liquor license at hearing tomorrow, January 13th

According to the official ABRA notice, the hearing regarding the suspension of the liquor license for the MOOD Lounge at 1318 9th Street NW will be held tomorrow morning at 9:00am at the Reeves Center, 2000 14th Street NW, Suite 400 S. 

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Beautiful in Shaw - 1200 Block of 10th Street, NW

This series focuses on something beautiful in Shaw - a particularly striking house, a beautiful garden, architectural elements, people, pets - whatever and wherever I (or any of you) find something that makes you smile. Feel free to send ideas (and photos!) to me at

Here's a beautiful historic rowhouse on the 1200 block of 10th Street, NW. It looks like this one is still in tact as a single family home with a basement rental on the lower level. So many of these seem to have been converted into condos and apartments; it's nice to find a complete one! More photos below:

Shaw is getting better - 1320 9th Street, NW

This series will look at projects taking shape in Shaw - abandoned buildings finally getting the rehabilitation they deserve, new businesses coming to the neighborhood, public space maintenance issues that we've talked about that are finally getting resolved, and new construction we're welcoming to the area. Feel free to send tips to 

1320 O Street, sandwiched between 9th Street, Naylor Court, the MOOD Lounge, and a vacant lot, certainly has had the potential for some time to be a beautiful contributor to the 9th Street corridor on the one block between the Convention Center and the new City Market at O project. While the BP Station across the street doesn't tend to inspire much, the capable team at Glass Construction is working to restore this old beauty to it's former glory.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Borderstan shows 12.7% increase in crime near the Convention Center

broken auto glass on O St NW, photo by author
In a post today tracking crime in 2011 vs 2010 in the U Street, Logan, Convention Center and Dupont Police Service Areas, Borderstan is reporting a 12.7% increase in crime in the Convention Center PSA. 

Shaw Deserves Better from This Abandoned Building: 1431-1433 11th Street, NW

This series is pretty much the inverse of the "Beautiful in Shaw" series. It looks at the abandoned, neglected, or derilect properties, public spaces, and art in the Shaw / Logan / Mount Vernon Triangle neighborhoods. As the blog grows (and if I can find a good volunteer to help!) I'd like to eventually include some quick sketches, renderings, or photoshop alterations to some of the original images to show what could be in the place of what is there. 

Restoring historic buildings, replanting yards and public spaces - all ideas on what Shaw's true potential is under some of the grit and plywood windows. Whenever possible, if something does happen to the space, I'll post a follow-up. Feel free to leave comments on your ideas for the space below, and feel free to send photos!

This post has been updated - please see below. This building (or really, a pair of small buildings) at 1431-1433 11th Street is in a state of horrific disrepair. You know things have gone from "vacant" to "blighted" when the windows have been boarded up, and then even the boarded up windows have been broken out. 

Friday, January 6, 2012

Beautiful in Shaw - Convention Center winter lights

This series focuses on something beautiful in Shaw - a particularly striking house, a beautiful garden, architectural elements, people, pets - whatever and wherever I (or any of you) find something that makes you smile. Feel free to send ideas (and photos!) to me at

As I'll be writing about in a future post, there's not too many things about the new(ish) DC Convention Center that I count among its "redeeming" qualities from an architectural or urban planning perspective. This winter light display, however, is a welcome positive element on the M Street component (though, no matching lights on the N Street underpass...) that actually makes this place seem a bit more inviting to pedestrians. 

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Valor Development plans 66-unit P Street Residences project in Shaw

Good news from yesterday's Housing Complex column in the Washington City Paper - Valor Development, the company behind other awesome projects like the Flats at Il Palazzo, 1617 Swann, and the Maia near the new H Street Corridor, has added Shaw to the list of neighborhoods they are working with. 

UPDATED: Mood Lounge requests Status Hearing; will appeal ABRA license suspension

Update from Councilmember Jack Evan's office - the ABRA Status Hearing for Mood Lounge scheduled for tomorrow at 11:30am has been POSTPONED. New date is Friday, January 13th. Mood remains closed awaiting the hearing.

The Mood Lounge, at 1318 9th Street, NW, was first subject to a 96 hour emergency closure by Chief of Police Cathy Lanier following a December 30th double stabbing in front of the establishment. As that closure was set to expire, the DC Alcoholic Beverage Regulatory Authority issued a Notice of Summary Suspension which provided more detail about the incident and closed the Lounge indefinitely.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Should DC Liquor Licenses use a point system like DC Drivers Licenses?

Drivers licenses in DC work on simple point system. Anybody age sixteen or older with even a smidgen of common sense can understand it. When you first get a license, you have zero points. No violations means no points. Various driving infractions add points against your license, and they can add up quickly for bad drivers. Points last for two years, but can be canceled out by "safe driving points" (you earn one per year of driving without incident) or in some cases by taking a class. Points range from as few as two (following too closely) to three (other infractions not contributing to an accident, i.e. speeding, seat belt violations, etc) to four (speeding 16-20mph over the limit) to five (speeding more than 21mph over the limit) to six (failure to yield to an emergency vehicle) to eight (leaving the scene of an accident with no personal injury). 

Eleven different violations, including eluding an officer, DUI, reckless driving, or leaving the scene of an accident with a personal injury, result in the full 12 points for a first offense, and therefore automatic license revocation for half a year. If you get ten or eleven points against your license, it is suspended for 90 days. If you get 12 or more points, it is revoked for at least six months. Period.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

ABRA issues Notice of Summary Suspension to MOOD Lounge; nightclub indefinitely closed

A beautiful placard shutting down a local nuisance nightclub
(photo by author)
In an order issued today and signed by ABRA Chairperson Ruthanne Miller, ABRA utilized DC Code 25-826 (2001) to indefinitely close the MOOD Lounge in Shaw at 1318 9th Street, NW. Read the full notice here.

The three page notice provides more detail about the December 30th double stabbing at the MOOD Lounge and the ABRA investigation into the incident. According the the notice, both the victims and perpetrator were inside the MOOD Lounge that evening when an altercation occurred and they were removed from the club by security, where the disagreement continued out front and eventually escalated to the stabbings of what is implied to be a promoter and a performer at the evenings event. 

The notice also brings several allegations against the MOOD Lounge and the owner, specifically relating to the way they handled the incident and the subsequent investigation. The notice states that "when [ABRA] investigators went to the establishment to investigate, the establishment made several attempts to hinder the investigation" and that the owner was repeatedly dishonest in her statements to them. 

Beautiful in Shaw - corner of 10th and N Streets, N

This series of posts will focus on something beautiful in Shaw - a particularly striking house, a beautiful garden, architectural elements, people, pets - whatever and wherever I (or any of you) find something that makes you smile. Feel free to send ideas (and photos!) to me at

I've got a thing for turrets, so naturally I had to pick this one as a favorite. It's got everything I look for in a beautiful house - charming outdoor space, beautiful brickwork, architectural detail... More photos below! 

Monday, January 2, 2012

Shots fired tonight at 8th and O Streets NW

The police have yellow crime scene tape around the parking lot just east of Scripture Cathedral at 9th and O Streets, NW. This is immediately south of the construction for the City Market at O project and the new Giant grocery store that replaces the one that was just demolished across O Street. 

Police on the scene wouldn't comment about the investigation. 

One way to deal with rats in alleyways...

Spotted in Naylor Court - now if only there was some way to train hawks to police the alleys and streets of Shaw to catch rats on command!